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The fixture list for the 2013/14 season was released on Wednesday which begins on August 17.A highly awaited season because of major changes among many top teams doesn’t seem to disappoint from the word ‘GO’.

Jose Mourinho and David Moyes will go head-to-head in an early high volatge tryout for the new managers of Chelsea and Manchester United in just the second game of the season.Other two major teams Everton and Stoke City begin new eras under Roberto Martinez and Mark Hughes respectively against Norwich and Liverpool on the opening day.

Promoted Cardiff City travel to West Ham United whereas Crystal Palace mark their return to the top league with a home match against Tottenham Hotspur.

First six fixtures of last years top  4 are as follows:

Manchester United- Swansea(A), Chelsea (H), Liverpool (A), Palace (H), Man City (A), West Brom (H)

Manchester City – Newcastle (H), Cardiff (A), Hull (H), Stoke (A), Man U (H), Aston Villa (A)

Chelsea-  Hull (H), Man U (A), Everton (A), Fulham (H), Tottenham (A), Norwich (A)

Arsenal – Villa (H), Fulham (A), Spurs (H), Sunderland (A), Stoke (H), Swansea (A)

All the Fixtures(as provided by #BPL)

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Graced by yet another tantalizing and tasty set of fixtures in Gameweek 6 produced stimulating results.Chelsea,Everton and Manchester City continued their unbeaten run.While Arsenal conceded their first loss of the season and Tottenham Hotspur achieved a historic win(first in 23 years) against Manchester united at Old Trafford.

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Arsenal at Emirates stadium on 29th September 2012.

Both teams went into this game unbeaten with one of the best defenses in the league this season.Chelsea controlled the ball for better part of the first half frustrating the home side.It was only after Chelsea got their first goal through Fernando Torres connecting one inside the box in 20th minute,Gunners showed a bit more urgency and looked sharp for next 25 minutes only to be awarded with an equalizer when the Ox fine cross was collected by Grevinho and he smashed the ball back into the net.In the second half visitors got the lead back early when Juan Mata’s free kick was deflected off Koscielny and the ball was in the back of the net.Rest of the match saw Arsenal carry out an onslaught on Chelsea goal only to be failed by solid Chelsea defense.It’s been a great start for Chelsea who have 16 points from five matches and four clear of both Manchester teams.

Fulham 1-2 Manchester City

Edin Dzeko celebrates his late winner against Fulham on Saturday at Craven Cottage.

It was nothing new for Manchester City this season when they found themselves trailing early in the match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.In the 10th minute of the game,Fulham went one goal up when Petric converted a penalty conceded by Zabaleta through a mistimed tackle on Riise. Game went on to open up and true Manchester City were beginning to re-surface. The passing was crisp, the possession went  high and City finally managed to find the back of the net for an equalizer as Aguero tapped a rebound into the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Home team went on to create better chances in the second half .League champions then showed their class when substitute Edin Dzeko scored the match winner in the 87th minute.

Everton 3-1 Southampton

Nikica Jelavic scored a brace against Southampton on Saturday at Goodison park.

Southampton’s surprise lead in the 6th minute from Gaston Ramirez didn’t stop The Toffees uncharacteristic great start to the season. Everton came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Southampton at Goodison park to put them second in league table above the Manchester clubs.Leon Osman scored the equalizer in the 25th minute.Later on two quick goals were scored  by Nikica Jelavic in the 32nd and 38th minute to give Everton their Fourth win in Six league games.

Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his sides second goal against Norwich City on 29th September 2012.

Norwich expected to milk out some points when they played host to Liverpool counting on the Reds dreadful performance this season.But Liverpool had different plans as they won their first match of the season in style .The Reds went on an attacking mode from the start with Suarez scoring a very quick goal in the 2nd minute.The Uruguayan went on to score a hat trick with an easy second in the 37th minute and a superb third in the 58th  minute when he spin the ball into the net from twenty-two yards out.Norwich managed to score one through Steve Morison in 62nd minute.Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored the fifth goal for the team in 68th minute.

Reading 2-2 Newcastle united

Demba Ba scored twice for Newcastle United for a draw against Reading.

Reading found themselves in bottom part of league table after they failed to cement on to the start they got against The Magpies only to manage a draw in the end.Reading opened with Jimmy Kebe scoring the first goal of the game in the 57th minute. Demba Ba brought the Magpies back twice in the game with his goal in 58th and 83rd minute.

Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City

Peter Crouch celebrates a goal against Swansea City on Saturday at Liberty stadium.

Stoke City managed to get their first win of the season after four straight draws and a loss with a comfortable win over Swansea city at Liberty stadium on Saturday.Peter Crouch scored a brace in the game.The striker has now scored four goals in six matches.Swansea are now in a free fall losing their last two matches.

Sunderland 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the game against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Sunderland won their first league match of the season behind a lone goal from in form Steven Fletcher against Wigan at the Stadium of Lights. Jordi Gómez was given a red card in the 47th minute bringing Wigan to ten men for rest of the game.Steven Fletcher has an incredible scoring rate with 5 shots on target this season resulting  in 5 goals.

Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring the third goal for Spurs against Manchester United on 29th September 2012 at Old Trafford.

An Injury ridden Manchester united hosted Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as they looked to continue their unbeaten run over the rivals which extended to twenty-three years.Spurs had different plans for the day as they came out firing in the first half with Vertonghen scoring the opening goal of the game in the second minute.Spurs went on to double their lead when bale who sprinted some fifty yards beating a number of United players. He then went onto slide a shot across the face of the goal,beating the keeper easily.It was edge-of-the-seat stuff in the first half as Spurs dominated and the hosts were patchy defensively.Sir Alex made some crucial changes in the second half bringing on Rooney who inspired The Red Devils and assisted in bringing one goal back through Nani’s goal in the 51st minute.Visitors responded quickly with a goal from Clint Dempsey in the 52nd minute to take the scoreline to 3-1.After this Spurs were all behind cementing their defense only to be breached by a nicely driven through ball by Robin Van Persie to Shinji Kagawa  who went on to find space before stroking a clam and composed shot into the back of the net.Manchester United failed to score another and the match saw the London-based club pick up a very unpredictable and historic win at the end of the game.

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 West ham

Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of the season.

West Ham traveled across London to face Queen Park Rangers who are currently sitting in the relegation zone.Home team depicted a poor defensive performance as they lost 1-2 against newly promoted West Ham.Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of season giving hammers the lead.Their lead got doubled when Vaz Te’s shot got deflected of Stephane M’Bia, past Julio Cesar. QPR managed to get one back when Taarabt unleashed a curling shot on the run that left the goalkeeper frozen and then dropping the top corner to make it 2-1.

 

It never disappoints,Super Sunday it was!Lots of action,high-profile matches,controversial decisions and few superb goals.Newcastle United,Manchester United and Tottenham won their respective matches while Manchester City and Arsenal played to a lone goal draw.

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United

Rafael and Robin Van Persie celebrates during their 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield stadium.

Manchester United took on Liverpool at Anfield on a day when both teams paid tribute to the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough.Both teams were charged up to pick up three points from this one of the most fierce rivalry matches.The Reds dominated most of the first half without being rewarded with a goal.Instead before the first half came to an end, Shelvey was shown a straight red for a controversial two-footed lunge on Evans reducing them to 10 men.Despite one man down Liverpool broke the deadlock through skipper Steven Gerrard who rocketed past a nicely chested ball past United’s goalkeeper.Red Devils gave a fitting reply within five minutes when Rafael curled home a screamer in the 51st minute.Liverpool expecting a draw were handed another blow when referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty in the 76th minute as Valencia was brought down in the penalty area.The penalty was a bit controversial as it wasn’t clear if there was enough contact to justify the call.Dutchman Van Persie stepped up to take the spot kick and scored the winner in the 81st minute.With this win Manchester united are one point behind European champions Chelsea while Liverpool need to turn around things in order to get out of relegation zone.

Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal team celebrates after Koscielny scored the equalizer against Manchester City on Sunday at Ethiad stadium.

Arsenal continued their unbeaten run this season as they secured a draw at Ethiad stadium against league champions Manchester City.The north London club dominated most part of the game but went down in the 40th minute when Lescott went on to head the ball from a corner kick into the top right corner of the goal.City asserted their authority on the game in the second half creating some close chances via Ageuro.For the Gunners it was Gervinho who found the ball most of the time and took hits on target.In the 82nd minute Defender Laurent Koscielny managed to equalize for Gunners by smashing a failed corner kick clearance into the back of the net. With this draw both teams are unbeaten in the league.

Newcastle united 1-0 Norwich

Demba Ba scores the winner for The magpies against Norwich City on Sunday.

Newcastle united took the lead in the 19th minute when the man in form Demba Ba broke the offside trap to collect the ball slotted by Hatem Ben Arfa behind the Norwich back four and executed a calm finish.Cisse had an opportunity to double the lead just before the break but missed a penalty kick.Despite being behind Norwich remained composed creating chances but failed to score the equalizer.

Tottenham 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jermain Defoe’s celebrates after scoring the second-half winner against QPR at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat QPR 2-1 to deliver Manager Andre Vilas Boas him his first home win in charge.Hoping to Carry on from where they left last week after beating Reading 3-1 ,Spurs found themselves a goal down when Bobby Zamora lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net following a through ball from Alejandro Faurlin in the 32nd minute.But a own goal in the 59th minute from Damian Faurlin leveled the match.This made Spurs push for victory and were rightly awarded the lead in the 61st minute by Defoe who placed the  ball into net after a thunderous strike onto the crossbar from Welshman bale.Spurs move up to eighth position after the win while Queens Park Rangers remain second from bottom in the Premier League.

 

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After a two-week international break the premier league was back on Saturday  bringing out a mixed bag of results.Norwich were left waiting for their first league win of the season; Manchester City ,Chelsea and Liverpool were held for away draws against Stoke,Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland .Arsenal thumped Southampton at home whereas Fulham maintained their perfect record at Craven Cottage.

Norwich 0-0 West Ham

Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City battles with Mark Noble of West Ham during the Premier League match at Carrow Road.

Newly promoted West home continued its strong start by adding a point on road against Norwich.The Canaries went on to secure their third straight draw of the season.They are yet to win a match after their lost in the season opener.Neither side impressed throughout the match apart from few close chances created in the second half of the match.

Arsenal 6-1 Southampton

Gervinho scored a brace for Arsenal in a 6-1 win over Southampton at emirates on 15th September 2012.

The Gunners continued their good form after the international break thumping newly promoted Southampton at Emirates.Southampton from the start were cautious and sitting behind allowing Arsenal to move more strike force forward.Lukas Podolski score the opening goal in the 11th minute when his cross shot was saved by Kelvin Davis but rebounded in off Hooiveld.Soon afterit was the German again who  gave Gunners a two goal cushion from a free kick goal in the 31st minute.Gervinho added his first in the 35th and a second own goal through Nathaniel Clyne in the 37th left little doubt about the result before half.Daniel Fox scored the lone goal for the visitors .Southampton have now lost all the matches of the season whereas Arsenal remained undefeated with two wins and two draws.

Fulham 3-0 West Brom

Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham scored a brace on debut against West Brom at Craven Cottage on 15th September 2012

West Bromwich Albion’s unbeaten start to the new Premier League season came to a clobbering halt as Fulham scored thrice to remain unbeaten at Craven Cottage.Dimitar Berbatov on his home debut after his transfer from Old Trafford netted twice to provide an easy win for Cottagers. It took a superb performance from Ben Foster in-goal to keep the score to 3-0 as the hosts menaced to run rampant in the second half.Third goal for Fulham came from Steve Sidwell in the 89th minute.

Manchester United 4-0 Wigan

Paul Scholes celebrating after scoring in his 700th appearance for Manchester united at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Manchester united climbed the league table within one point of the Blues atop the table by thrashing Wigan 4-0 at Old Trafford.First half was scoreless along with a lackluster performance by the Red Devils.They came all guns blazing in the second half when Scholes sparked United by hammering  home a rebound six minutes after halftime for his 155th goal for the club in his 700th match.Hernandez made up for the missed penalty kick in the 63rd minute by flicking past the Wigan keeper.Rest two goals came from the newbies Buttner in 66th minute and Powell in 83rd minute.After suffering a shock season opener loss to Everton,Red Devils are back with their Midas touch firing  from all fronts.

Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Chelsea

Anton Ferdinand of QPR and John Terry of Chelsea involved in pre match handshake controversy on Saturday at Loftus Road.

A game overshadowed by the pre-match handshake between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry ended in a stalemate with no team managed to score a goal.The Blues had a couple of very decent penalty shouts, none given whereas wonder kid and Man of the match for the fourth consecutive match blew up an easy chance.Chelsea will be focusing on their mid-week champions league match against Juventus .

Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City

Javi Garcia scored on his Manchester City debut against Stoke city on Saturday.

Manchester City once again failed to get the perfect start this season as they were held to a one all draw against Stoke city at Britannia Stadium.It was Stoke City’s fourth straight draw this season.Peter Crouch gave the hosts an early lead in the 15th minute  despite a suspicion of handball.City came back to score in the 35th minute from a free kick by Carlos Tevez curled in to Garcia, who turned a header from the edge of the six-yard box to the left post for his first goal in the Premiership.Both team stretched hard in second half creating chances with city almost getting a late winner from Nasri only to be denied by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.Stoke introduced Michael Owen in the closing minutes hoping to score a dramatic winner.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Suarez celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring the equalizer against Sunderland on Saturday at Stadium of Lights.

Liverpool was able to avoid its third loss with a 1-1 tie against Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light during an emotional week for Liverpool following the Hillsborough revelations.Steven Fletcher scored his third goal of the season in the 28th minute to give the hosts the lead.Luis Suarez managed to get the equalizer 19 minutes from time to give the Reds their second point.Liverpool is still without a win after four matches.

Upcoming Matches:Reading vs Tottenham (Sun-8.30 PM) ,Everton vs Newcastle united(Mon-12.30 AM)

Arsenal played a goal less draw against Stoke City whereas Liverpool were unlucky not to walk away with three points against Manchester city at Anfield on sunday,August 26, 2012.

Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal

Disappointed Arsenal players after draw against Stoke City.

Arsenal haven’t scored neither conceded a league goal this season.On Sunday it was  a second draw for both the clubs this season. Arsenal failed to take their chances once again as Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski all missed glorious chances to open goal account for the Gunners.Throughout the match Arsenal looked a stronger side penetrating the Stoke defense but failing to convert.Stoke had a goal and a penalty rightly denied by the referee as Peter Crouch headed one to Jermaine Pennant who put it in the back of the net.For Stoke city it was a positive result to manage a draw against last years top four side whereas Arsenal needs to win if they have to remain in hunt of title run.
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

Carlos Tevez celebrating after scoring the equalizer against Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester City is having a rusty and lackluster start to the season as for the second week in a row they had to work really hard to earn a points against Liverpool at Anfield.The Reds were the stronger side for most of the match and only for their defensive lapses had to concede a draw.Merseyside took a 1-0 lead with a brilliant header from defender Skrtel in the 34th minute.For rest of the half Liverpool had a very strong first half, dominating possession.Equalizer came in the 63rd minute when Yaya Toure scored from close range.Luis Suarez got the lead back with a superb curling free kick around the wall and past goalkeeper Joe Hart.An unforced error allowed City to level the match in 80th minute when Carlos Tevez easily intercepted a back pass from Skrtel and dribbled around goalkeeper Pepe Reina and scored.

 Premier League week 2 results

25/08/2012 Swansea Swansea 3-0 West Ham West Ham
25/08/2012 Southampton Southampton 0-2 Wigan Wigan
25/08/2012 Aston Villa Aston Villa 1-3 Everton Everton
25/08/2012 Norwich Norwich 1-1 QPR QPR
25/08/2012 Tottenham Tottenham 1-1 West Brom West Brom
25/08/2012 Man. United Man. United 3-2 Fulham Fulham
25/08/2012 Chelsea Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle Newcastle
26/08/2012 Stoke Stoke 0-0 Arsenal Arsenal
26/08/2012 Liverpool Liverpool 2-2 Man. City Man. City

 

Season opener saw a goal riot with some surprise results.Liverpool was the big casualty losing 3-0 to West Brom,Swansea crushed QPR, Fulham hammered Norwich,Sunderland holding Arsenal to goalless draw and Newcastle edging past Tottenham.

West Bromwich 3-0 Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers first game in charge turned into a nightmare as Liverpool went down 3-0 to The baggies.Zoltan Gera scored the first goal just before half time.Liverpool never seem to make a comeback conceding two more goals in second half from Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku.It turned worse as Daniel Agger was a given a red card .

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

A dominating performance throughout the game was not enough for the Gunners new strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroudto to get one past the Sunderland goalkeeper.A goal less draw was what popped out after full 90 minutes.

Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The Magpies showed some class football keeping up with the expectations generated from last seasons performance edging past Spurs at Sports Direct Arena.Spurs were the stronger side in the first half with couple of strikes hitting the post but Newcastle improved in the second half.Ben Arfa converted a penalty in 80th minute after Demba Ba put them a goal up in intial minutes of second half.Only goal for Spurs was scored by Defoe.

Fulham 5-0 Norwich City

Fulham were not distracted by  rebellious striker Clint Dempsey — last season’s top scorer for the west London club to cruise past Norwich in opening game of the season.Mladen Petric scored twice while a goal scored each by Duff,Kacaniklic and Sidwell.

Swansea City 5-0 Queens Parks Rangers

New signing Michu and winger Nathan Dyer score two each as Swansea hand Michael Laudrup a dream debut as manager with a 5-0 thrashing of QPR in a away opening day match.

Reading 1-1 Stoke City

Promoted Reading held on to a draw against Stoke City making a good start to top tier league with a late penalty scored by Le Fondre.Opening goal of the match for Stoke was scored by Michael Kightly.

West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa

The Hammers made a winning return to top league with single goal home victory over Aston Villa scored by Kevin Nolan.

Upcoming Matches: Wigan vs Chelsea (6 PM) , Manchester City vs Southampton (8.30 PM)

 

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Year 2012 FA cup final in may will see two teams that had quite miserable Premier League campaigns this season. Both teams (Liverpool and Chelsea) will both look to end their seasons on highs with the FA Cup final being a trophy that both clubs can fall back on and depict the season as ‘worthwhile’. Both clubs overcame city rivals. Liverpool edged Everton on a late header from Andy Carroll, while Chelsea ruined Tottenham’s hopes of getting to the final, by a scoreline of 1-5

For Liverpool it will be their 2nd visit to Wembley for a Cup final after their Carling Cup success in February this year. The bright side for them is Andy Carroll who has now scored 2 goals in as many games which have both earned Liverpool wins over Blackburn Rovers and Everton. A final against Chelsea will be a memorable one for Liverpool and gives them a great opportunity to win their 8th ever FA Cup.

For Chelsea it was a ghost goal which helped them to set up a final FA Cup clash with Liverpool.For blues it is likely to be their best opportunity at silverware this season as Barcelona await in the champions league semi-finals and it’s hard to see them progressing any further.The records do read very well for Chelsea, having appeared in 3 of the last 5 FA Cup finals and winning all 3 of them. They’ve recovered extremely well under their new coach and the FA Cup would be fitting send off for di Matteo’s work at the club in his short stay as he looks unlikely to be handed the job full time unless he can bring home the desperately craved Champions League trophy.

Be it the tactically doctored Serie A, combinative ability and  shear nidus of the bundesliga and great possession of flamboyance by the La Liga, but it is the intense rage and furiousness characterized by the English Premier League that makes it the ‘Best league in the world’ .

EPL has a style of football where the stride is galvanic and the teams go at it like ‘ghost and hell dust’. Apart from illustrating a excellent example of football, it is also a mountain money producing beast attracting billion of viewers and companies around the four corners of the world. The revenue derived from the EPL is the highest in any football league only to be surpassed by the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Any team hence the league as a whole as three sources of revenue, merchandise, match day tickets. It has been a criticism that the more money the worse it will get. That simply is not true. In fact the reverse has been the case. There won’t be a single football spectator anywhere who hasn’t watched a minute of an EPL match.

It is pretty hard to call any league competitive where one or two teams can rake in excess of 90 points. The almost certainty of the score line, total points dropped, huge goal margins by some clubs and the outrageous score line between the top teams in the various leagues doesn’t indicate any form of competition.

And then we have EPL where every single goal changes the status of the match, which is a remarkable episode of action.

EPL often introduced as ‘the greatest show in the world’, it is broadcasted to over 600 million viewers worldwide across 211countries much more than any league. The media tending the premiership receives is unbelievable. The media have a bent for blowing things out of proportion, twist any issue and exaggerate its implication even though with a bad taste which has been a key ingredient in the success of the EPL.

A major factor in the success of a league has been in terms of European performance in last couple of decades. Taking into consideration UEFA club coefficient , according to which Manchester United ,Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in top 6 over the last decade. Association coefficient designed by Uefa serves the purpose of establishing which leagues representative to European competitions has been better on a collective level and also the club coefficient which aims to ascertain the best club side in European competitions. It is here where premier league wins in terms of intensity and rhythm.

There really isn’t any ultimate answer and neither should there be ‘The Best League’, but if there is one that comes close then it should without a doubt be the English Premier League.